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Theo Epstein on Aramis Ramirez: “Likely he’ll be moving on”

Nov 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Aramis Ramirez became a free agent by declining his half of a $16 million mutual option and when asked about the third baseman’s odds of re-signing with the Cubs new team president Theo Epstein replied: “Likely he’ll be moving on.”

Not a big surprise, certainly, but prior to Epstein taking over there was some thought that the Cubs would make an effort to re-sign Ramirez on the open market.

Chicago can safely offer Ramirez arbitration knowing he won’t accept, in which case the Type B free agent would bring back a supplemental first-round pick if he signs elsewhere.

Ramirez is 33 years old and pretty questionable defensively at third base, but he’s one of the top bats on the market after hitting .306 with 26 homers and an .871 OPS in 149 games this season. Last season was the only time in the past eight years that Ramirez failed to top an .850 OPS.

  1. jackkoho - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Am I missing something? First you say he had an OPS of .871 in 149 games, and then in the next sentence you say last season was the first time in eight years that he failed to crack .850.

    Please delete this comment if you make the correction.

    • phillyphreak - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      This season (2011) 0.871.
      Last season (2010) 0.745

      • jackkoho - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:38 PM

        Thanks for the heads up phillyphreak. This/last confusion got me.

      • phillyphreak - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM

        NP, caught me too first time through.

      • baseballisboring - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:44 PM

        True, I guess 2011 isn’t last season until like, New Years.

  2. baseballisboring - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    I wonder if Vitters gets a shot.

    • cerowb - Nov 1, 2011 at 9:54 PM

      Ugh…Vitters is not good, just not good at all.

  3. SmackSaw - Nov 1, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    DiPoto! Get him!

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